American Association Of University Professors
Eastern Connecticut State University Chapter
Part-time Contract Changes
In 1983, the General Assembly passed legislation that enabled part-time Connecticut state employees, including part-time faculty, the right to bargain collectively. In an election that followed, CSU part-time faculty chose AAUP as their bargaining agent. The 1982-84 Collective Bargaining Agreement was amended to cover part-time faculty. Prior to their first contract, the part-time faculty had received only one raise in ten years. Since then, through a series of increases, minimum part-time salaries have more than quadrupled from $295 to $1207 per credit. In addition, CSU-AAUP has been able to improve working conditions for part-time faculty. All faculty now have voicemail, email accounts, and mailboxes. Effective fall 2007, part-time faculty who teach nine or more load credits across ANY of the state's public colleges and universities are now eligible for state subsidized healthcare. Further, in the 2007-2011 Contract, CSU-AAUP negotiated a $300 course cancellation fee (if cancelled within 7 business days prior to the first day of classes) and the possibility of multi-semester contracts. CSU-AAUP and ECSU-AAUP continue to work towards further improvements such as adequate office space, computer access, and secretarial support.
Part-time faculty who teach nine or more load credits a semester across the CSU, UConn, and/or Connecticut Community College Systems are now eligible for state subsidized health care. Please read the memorandum for more details about this new benefit. Part-time faculty who meet this eligibility criterion should contact their local Human Resources department regarding enrollment.
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